March 16, 2014
Site: Baltimore, Md. (Homewood Field)
Score: #14 Johns Hopkins 20, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (0-6), Johns Hopkins (9-0)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, March 20 -- Winthrop (Michigan Stadium), 7 p.m.
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team dropped its third straight game against ranked ALC opponents, falling, 20-5, at No. 14 Johns Hopkins on Sunday (March 16) at historic Homewood Field.
Freshman Kim Coughlan (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) notched her first career two-goal outing, and freshman Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) added one goal and one assist to lead U-M. U-M goalkeeper Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) finished with 10 goals in cage for the Wolverines.
The Blue Jays opened all scoring on the afternoon, as junior attacker Jen Cook beat Silber at the 25:55 mark. Johns Hopkins notched two more goals by the 21:54 mark, before Coughlan drove middle and scored to bring the Maize and Blue within two, 3-1, with 20-47 remaining in the first half.
Silber made two big saves in the first 11 minutes of action to help keep the game close, but Hopkins exploded on a 5-0 run over the next 2:58 to increase its lead to 8-1 and force Michigan to call timeout with 14:41 on the clock.
Just 1:08 after the timeout, Coughlan struck again on a free position shot from the top right hash to stop the Blue Jays' run. With Johns Hopkins leading 9-2, Schueler dodged two defenders, rolled left and shot low to tally her first goal of the game at the 7:20 mark.
The Blue Jays responded with four unanswered goals over a span of 3:48 to push their lead to 10 goals, 13-3, with 3:02 remaining in the half. Silber made a pair of saves in the same possession to keep Hopkins off the board in the last three minutes of the first stanza.
The Wolverines recorded the first score of the second half less than three minutes in. Off a JHU turnover, Schueler ran the length of the field, outrunning several Blue Jay defenders and dumped the ball to freshmen Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River), who was waiting in the bottom left corner of the eight meter. Angerman shot and the ball hit Hopkins goalie Caroline Federico and rolled over the line for the score, making it 13-4 Hopkins at the 27:06 mark.
The Blue Jays produced a three goal run, before freshman Amanda Sutor (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) netted her first career goal to make it 16-5 at the 11:52 mark.
Johns Hopkins ended the game on a 4-0 run.
Michigan will now return home to host Winthrop in its first game at Michigan Stadium on Thursday (March 20) at 7 p.m.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla
On improving on draw controls today ... "The draw controls we've been working on in practice because that's something we've been struggling with. In practice, I think they did get a better understanding of how to execute them and strategically how to go about it and it was great to see that come out in the game today. But on the flip side, we had 24 turnovers and many of those draw controls that we did win we ended up turning the ball over. I think the turnovers occur for a combination of reasons -- it's their youth and feeling a little bit of pressure, but I feel like what we have to do is focus on us getting into our offense and not feeling the pressure to push a fast break. We want to get the ball down safely and get into our motion offense, as opposed to that adrenaline rush of trying to get the ball and go right to goal. We're getting into the middle of our season and we need to be making better decisions and we need to learn from this. In practice we have to stay on them and we'll really pay attention to turnovers in practice so that will help us in the next game."
On leaders stepping up on the field when things get hectic ... "I think we're still growing in that area. I think one of the things that's holding us back is team chemistry on the offensive end. That's something that takes time and usually it takes a lot of leadership as well. We've got people that are trying to figure out their roles and slowly some are stepping up in certain roles to have that calming effect or be the organizer or the one that makes the decisions. We'll continue to talk about that. We'll break down the film and we'll try to lead these individuals to find areas in the game that they can grasp onto those concepts and lead this team."
On playing three straight ranked opponents ... "I wouldn't want it any differently. When you're scheduling, we're all competitive and we want to win, but at the same time you have to play the best to be the best and that's the only way we're truly going to learn. Right now, we're learning more in these games than we are in practice because we can't simulate these games and we have a difficult time understanding at what level we need to compete in practice, which makes it difficult to prepare for games. We're still working on that, and continuing to play very difficult teams is going to help us get better and better. Yes, it's difficult on the psyche when you lose ball games, but at the same time I refocus them on what it is we're trying to get out of it. Ultimately it's about getting better and improving ourselves so that next year when we're in a different opportunity we're going to a different level."
On her message after the game ... "The team had more of a message for themselves than we did, which was really great to see that they got together and spoke with each other about their disappointment and what's working and what's not. They've listened to me over and over and all of a sudden they're starting to communicate about the things that are frustrating them. We need to work on our team chemistry, and that's something that takes time, but it also takes them opening up to each other and being able to trust one another. As they starting to communicate through difficult times, and good times too, it's the difficult times that are really going to help us grow. I was really pleased to see that, which leads me to believe we're growing. As we look at going into our Thursday game against Winthrop, we're going to go back to practice on Tuesday and focus on the drills that will help us with what we struggled with this weekend. Being able to come together and play for the first time in the Big House will be very exciting. Although I think we have a lot to accomplish in the next couple days in order to compete, I'm looking forward to it and I know they are too."
N O T E S
Today's game at Johns Hopkins marked U-M's third straight outing against ranked opponents, including No. 5 Florida (L, 20-4) and No. 8 Northwestern (L, 20-6).
Michigan held a 15-12 advantage in draw controls, with Anna Schueler leading the way with a game-high six.